Entrepreneur and Detroit, Michigan native Eric Paul Lefkofsky is presently the CEO (chief executive officer) and co-founder of Tempus. He is also the chairman and co-founder of Groupon, the co-founder of Mediaocean, Echo Global Logistics, Uptake, InnerWorkings and the co-founder of Lightbank.
Lefkofsky graduated from Southfield-Lathrup High School in 1987. He went to the University of Michigan and graduated from there in 1991. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School in 1993. Learn more.
Later that year he took a job selling carpet. he and his school friend, Brad Keywell, secured a loan and bought a clothing company in Madison, Wisconsin named Brandon Apparel. In 1999 the partners launched an online venture they called Starbelly.They specialized in promotional products and sold the business to Halo Industries the next year. By the fall of 2001, Lefkofsky had also co-launched an enterprise now known as InnerWorkings. He would take a seat on the board of directors in 2006 and remain there until 2012.He partnered with Keywell to create the freight logistics company Echo Global Logistics in 2005. By the summer of 2006, they were launching yet another enterprise christened MediaBank. Lefkofsky threw in $1 million dollars to co-create ThePoint.com with Andrew Mason in 2008. In late 2009, they relabeled the business Groupon.com.
Partners Keywell and Lefkofsky and Keywell set up still another new venture in 2010. It was called Lightbank. The purpose of this particular effort focused on developing other new businesses in the vicinity of Chicago, Illinois.Prior to the end of 2011, the internet industry has grown to become the most successful online enterprise since Google. The $700 million profit made the shares worth $20 a piece. In 2012 the United States Department of Justice OKed a merger of the corporation with Donovan Data Systems. The newly-formed collaborative effort was named Mediaocean. Lefkofsky co-launched Uptake, LLC, an analytics business, in 2014.Finally, Lefkofsky co-launched Tempus in 2016. Tempus is a tech-based business that helps physicians give cancer patients more personalized care. As this goes to press, he is still the company’s CEO.